One thing that we have discussed in my various journalism classes more than anything else is this: how do we, as reporters, make our audience actually care? How do we tug at their heartstrings enough to make them move their feet in the direction our words are leading them? It is a constant struggle everywhere in the news media because to connect the stories and bring them to life, we must be able to convince that it is worth a reader’s time to even put one ounce of their heart into the reality of the story.
The film “Reporter” is a testament to this very idea. Cameras follow Nicholas Kristoff as he goes hands-on into treacherous war-torn areas of Africa, speaking to dying civilians and the most powerful warlords…all in search of the perfect story. He chases an emotionally-strong enough story in order to convince people in America to take action rather than just send money to the third world.
Change is not a big step that happens sometime in the future. It is a small step taken right now. Both the struggle and the primary job of the journalist is to enable that first step to be taken – with confidence.